Rotorua Weekender - 2021-11-26


Foodbank appeal on target


Shauni James

Hi everyone, I hope you have all had a great week and are keeping well. Has anyone else been finding it a bit harder to sleep at night as it gets warmer? I've ditched my heavy blanket and swapped out for a much lighter one. Despite a little bit of tossing and turning, and a couple of stand-offs with creepy crawlies as they come inside to cool down, I am certainly glad that summer seems to be quickly approaching! It's been great to see people begin to get behind the annual Rotorua Daily Post Christmas Appeal for Rotorua Salvation Army Foodbank this week, and we are starting to have a great stash building up in our office. This week I got to have a chat with Donna Reiss — the Christmas food co-ordinator for the Rotorua Salvation Army this year — and her enthusiasm for the foodbank and its cause is infectious. I was also very impressed with how organised and spick and span the shelves were! Don't forget to get in touch if you or your business is getting behind the appeal this year, we would love to hear from you. For example, last Friday in our office we had a Bring A Can Day. It was awesome to see my colleagues rocking up in the morning with cans of all sorts in tow. It was also inspiring this week to hear about a Horohoro School pupil who was the recipient of a Fred Hollows Humanity Award. Hearing about her humbleness and use of initiative was very inspiring, and it's so cool that she received recognition for her helpfulness and kind heart. Check out the story on page 8. And speaking of recognition, a big congratulations also to local Jessamine Bradley, who has been named as a Kiwibank Local Hero Medallist. The integral part she's had in three environmental initiatives, and the opportunities taken with these during a tough time for our tourism industry, is amazing to hear about. One of the things I love about this job is hearing so many incredible stories and being able to help share what people are doing and accomplishing with the rest of the community! There is so much more to read about in this week's edition, including Rotorua Little Theatre's upcoming production A Christmas Carol, information about The Arts Village's Summer Festival, action from the Evolocity regional competition for Bay of Plenty youth, results from the BOP Sports Awards, a newly unveiled mural and more. Don't forget to keep those thumbs ups and downs and reader's photos rolling in. Take care, until next time. Shauni


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